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About SpareRoom

Are you looking for a rewarding job? With over 3 million visits per month, we’re the UK’s leading flat and house share website. We’re in the top 10 UK property sites and the top 500 sites overall for UK traffic.

Over 10,000 people attend our London SpeedFlatmating events every year and we took the events to New York in 2012. SpareRoom New York launched in the autumn of 2011.

In 2012 we won two awards - Best Specialist Website and Best Customer Service - at the UK Landlord & Letting Awards, and in 2013 our founder and MD was named by Tech City Insider as “one of the top 100 people who are making digital London tick”.

The pioneering online business that has transformed the way people look for somewhere to live - Daily Express

Life at SpareRoom

SpareRoom’s staff are a diverse bunch of creative individuals who enjoy being part of a small team that packs a big punch.

We have two offices — our main one in central Manchester's Northern Quarter and another in London's trendy Spitalfields, a stone's throw from the heart of Tech City. Both offer a relaxed and friendly working environment in light and open plan offices. Apart from it being an enjoyable place to work, SpareRoom offers a range of additional benefits such as sports membership contributions and extra holidays the longer you work for us.

Could this be you?

We’re looking for talented and enthusiastic individuals to add to our growing team, and to help us help millions of people find somewhere new to live. If you are creative and hard working, you will see your ideas having a direct effect on SpareRoom and how it develops.

We have the following roles available:


Foundation iOS Developer (Manchester)

SpareRoom was launched in 2004. Since then we've helped over 9 million people in the UK and US find homes to share and great people to share them with. We believe living with the right people beats living alone, so our mission is a simple one - to create happier flatshares.

We're a modern family business, 100% owned by the founder and directors. That means we're able to put our users at the heart of everything we do and we love working with humble people who bring a positive energy and like to get stuff done.

It's a really exciting time to be working in SpareRoom's apps team. The iOS app is undergoing a complete visual refresh, adopting and adapting Apple's design principles into SpareRoom's brand. It's not just the visuals that are being overhauled, we're also delivering impactful UX improvements, adding exciting new features and prototyping new ideas.

Over the last year we've been featured by Apple multiple times, including as App of the Day, positioned alongside the biggest names on the App Store. We're really excited about the future of our apps at SpareRoom and we're looking for a Foundation Developer to join our iOS team to help us to achieve our goals.

About the role

As our Foundation iOS Developer, you'll work with our team to make meaningful contributions to our apps.

Your day-to-day responsibilities will involve:

  • Adding new features to the SpareRoom app
  • Writing clean, pragmatic and testable code
  • Rewriting and refactoring parts of the app into Swift
  • Working alongside other members of the team to plan future features and improvements
  • Learning new programming techniques and technologies, supported and mentored along the way

About you

We're looking for someone with a genuine passion for iOS, a keen eye for detail, desire to learn and create intuitive apps that help people to find their perfect home or flatmate easily.

The following skills are required for the role:

  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Experience with Object-Oriented Programming
  • Knowledge of Swift and the iOS SDK
  • Experience with Xcode and MacOS
  • The ability to approach problems logically and methodically

We'd love it if you had any of the following:

  • One or more apps that you've created (even better if it's live on the App Store)
  • Experience with Apple's native testing frameworks
  • Knowledge of Storyboards and Autolayout
  • Git and GitHub
  • RESTful APIs and JSON

What it's like to work at SpareRoom:

  • Competitive salary
  • Flexible, fun and challenging work environment where innovative ideas are encouraged
  • Central Manchester location in modern spacious offices, with free fruit, a posh coffee machine and a housekeeper to keep you refreshed.
  • Active social life outside of work with various regular events supported by the company.
  • Choice of development equipment and opportunity to influence team culture and approach.
  • Excellent benefits including:
    • Cycle to Work scheme
    • Season travel loans
    • Matched pension contributions
    • Gym membership contributions
    • Optional private healthcare
    • Rental deposit loan scheme
    • And, of course, a free SpareRoom upgrade when you need it
  • Basic holiday allowance starting at 23 days, as well as Bank and Public Holidays. Plus, you'll earn more the longer you stay with us.

Foundation Software Developer - Core Team (Backend)

SpareRoom was launched in 2004. Since then we've helped over 9 million people in the UK and US find homes to share and great people to share them with. We believe living with the right people beats living alone, so our mission is a simple one - to create happier flatshares.

We're a modern family business, 100% owned by the founder and directors. That means we're able to put our users at the heart of everything we do and we love working with humble people who bring a positive energy and like to get stuff done.

We are looking for a foundation developer to join us to increase the delivery capacity of our core team. Our core platform is written mostly in Perl (with small projects in Node.js and C#) and supports both an API for apps (iOS and Android) and a web front end. The successful applicant will receive guidance and mentoring from our experienced developers.

What you can expect to do as a Core Foundation Developer at SpareRoom:
  • Work with developers to implement and test new site features and create admin tools
  • To develop and extend our RESTful APIs
  • To help extend our in-house email tools to allow for self service email sending for our marketing team
  • Work closely with our marketing team to maintain and produce mailshots and provide support where needed using HTML, CSS, SQL and Perl
  • Use MySQL database to gather data and create custom and reusable reports for internal use
  • Provide support to customer services to diagnose and resolve customer queries and fix site bugs
  • Maintain a high test coverage and write technical documentation for your code
  • Work with Git version-control system and Linux shell
  • Work with CI systems like GoCD and Jenkins
  • Review other developers' code using GitHub pull requests, we see this as a great opportunity to learn
How we like to work:
  • Simple, easy to read code
  • Small iterative releases
  • Continuous testing environment
  • Test Driven Development
  • Collaboration over isolation
  • Short lived, self-organised, project teams
  • Pair coding in order to share & improve skills and code quality
You should apply if you:
  • Are a passionate Foundation Software Developer looking to start your career in a fully digital ecommerce business
  • Have a thirst for learning new skills and technologies
  • Are interested in learning to develop using Perl and to a lesser extent Node.js and C# (it's not necessary to know any of these before you start, but it helps)
  • Have an interest in working across all areas of the system including performance and security
What it's like to work at SpareRoom:
  • Competitive salary.
  • Flexible, fun and challenging work environment where innovative ideas are encouraged
  • Central Manchester location in modern spacious offices, with free fruit, a posh coffee machine and a housekeeper to keep you refreshed
  • Active social life outside of work with various regular events supported by the company
  • Choice of development equipment and opportunity to influence team culture and approach
  • Excellent benefits including:
    • Cycle to Work scheme
    • Season travel loans
    • Matched pension contributions
    • Gym membership contributions
    • Optional private healthcare
    • Rental deposit loan scheme
    • And, of course, a free SpareRoom upgrade when you need it
  • Basic holiday allowance starting at 23 days, as well as Bank and Public Holidays. Plus, you'll earn more the longer you stay with us

Site Moderator (Manchester)

Starting salary of £17,000 p/a, raising to £17,500 on completion of probation. Plus you’ll be eligible to earn an extra £120 a month as part of our bonus scheme, which boosts your earnings to £18,940 p/a

Our Site Moderation Team work alongside SpareRoom’s award winning Customer Service Team who provide outstanding support to SpareRoom’s 9.5 million registered users. Our Site Moderators are responsible for moderating and approving all user-generated content, scam and fraud detection and all compliance related issues.

You’ll be part of a busy team who work hard but have fun along the way, and are renowned for excellent service.

On a daily basis you’ll be required to communicate directly with users of our site via email and phone. You'll interact with customers to provide and process information in response to enquiries, concerns and requests about our website and services. You'll also be responsible for helping to maintain the site through administrative tasks.

In addition to the monthly bonus scheme, we also offer a Private Healthcare Scheme, Contributory Pension Scheme, Travel Season Ticket Loan, Cycle to Work Scheme and monthly gym contributions (all applicable upon the successful completion of a 3-6 month probationary period). We also award our staff with extra holidays the longer you work for us!

We're recruiting for a full time position which includes some evenings and alternate weekends. If you're interested in this position, please ensure that a cover letter outlining why you feel you'd be suitable for the role is included when applying.

Responsibilities and duties:
  • Investigate and take appropriate action on reports of suspicious adverts.
  • Provide information and advice to other departments and customers in relation to scam detection.
  • Assist in developing, monitoring and implementing processes to aid scam detection and prevent future instances.
  • Maintain information records and collate data to aid future investigations.
  • Ensure advert content including photos and videos meet the terms and conditions of the website.
  • Complete individual customer verifications and tenant reference requests.
  • Assist with the completion of DPA requests from relevant authorities.
  • Communicate with site users over the phone where necessary.
  • Investigate and respond to reports received from site users via email.
Skills and experience:
  • A strong customer focus with the ability to deliver great service, both individually and as part of a team.
  • Experience in a web based company. A focus on fraud or risk investigation and resolution would be beneficial.
  • A background in complaint resolution would be useful, but not essential.
  • Confident and positive personality with excellent communication skills both written and verbal.
  • Strong analytical skills with attention to detail are essential.
  • Ability to learn and adapt to new investigative techniques.
  • Ability to remain calm and empathetic when under pressure or dealing with difficult situations.
  • Able to understand the customers point of view but be able to communicate our policies and values effectively.
  • Ability to effectively multi-task and prioritise your workload.
  • We're an online service so regular internet use and knowledge will go a long way.
Person specification

We are looking for the right people to support our business, who will grow with us and help us to achieve more. For these reasons, we are looking for candidates who can demonstrate the below qualities:

Passionate
  • Shows integrity.
  • Is committed to providing excellent service.
  • Cares about customers, colleagues and the business.
Active
  • Has a confident, positive and upbeat personality.
  • Is continuously developing.
  • Demonstrates high energy and eagerness to learn.
Inspires
  • A committed team player.
  • A great communicator.
  • Motivates and inspires others within their team.

Get in touch

Send us your CV and tell us why the SpareRoom team needs you: jobs at spareroom dot co dot uk

Where we are

SpareRoom's main office is in Manchester, right in the vibrant and buzzing Northern Quarter. The contemporary style studio office space makes for a brilliant working atmosphere inside a beautiful Grade II listed building. Our second office is in London, which is London - need we say more?

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